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Over The Rainbow

Last week we marked the 75th anniversary of The Wizard Of Oz, but without getting to the film's big song. It's about five minutes in, when we're still in drab, dusty, cheerless, broken-down black-&-white Kansas. Dorothy has tried to tell her folks about an unpleasant incident involving Miss Gulch, but Aunt Em advises her to "stop imagining things" and "find yourself a place where you won't get into any trouble". Dorothy wanders off, taking the injunction seriously. "Do you think there is such a ...

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Seasons of Steyn

The Day After Labor

To all our American readers, Happy Labor Day! And to all our Canadian readers, Happy Labour Day! That's what the day used to be about: putting the "u" in Labor. You can't spell labour without you, and without you and your labour this planet would be a primitive state of nature, red in tooth and claw. Consider the words of Peter J McGuire, General Secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, proposing the very first Labor Day a mere century-and-a-third ago. The new day would be an ...

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A Se'nnight of Steyn, August 25-31

In case you missed it, here's the last seven days as seen by Mark

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The Sandy Man

My weekly appearance on The Hugh Hewitt Show chanced this week to follow a rare appearance by Barack Obama at the White House. He happened to have a couple of hours between the golf game and the fundraiser, and so thought he might as well climb into the lightweight suit and make a statement about Putin, Iraq and all the other peripheral stuff President Tee-Time doesn't usually have time for. This was his position on ISIS: We don't have a strategy yet. As Vlad and the mullahs and the ChiComs ...

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The Only JayVee Player on the Court

On Tuesday night Mark joined Sean Hannity live on Fox News to discuss President Obama's ridiculous characterization of Isis as the "JayVees" of jihad, and the White House's attempts to walk it back. Steyn was not impressed by the Commander-in-Chief's witless and shallow analogy: If there is a JV player on the court at the moment, if you ask Putin, if you ask the mullahs, if you ask the Chinese Politburo, if you ask ISIS, if you ask every rinky-dink jihadist on the outskirts of Benghazi who the ...

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Have it His Way

While Obama golfed: Over the weekend, Tripoli Airport fell to the jihad boys. I was there some years ago, and thought it compared favorably with, say, Logan. Now it's a smoking ruin - part of the blowback from Obama's leading with his behind, or whatever he calls it. As things stand, this guy will end his presidency with a chain of failed states for al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, al-Shabaab, ISIS and the Taliban to gambol and frolic in stretching from West Africa to the Hindu Kush. But you can't see ...

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Mark at the Movies

Sir Dickie in the Shadowlands

Yesterday would have been Richard Attenborough's 91st birthday. He died five days short, at a grand old age, and as the grand old man of British film, garlanded with knighthoods, peerages, fellowships and life presidencies of worthy bodies. I met him when I was very young, in his capacity as chairman of Capital Radio in London, and he gave me what proved to be excellent advice, although I neglected to take it for several decades. It was an amazing seven-decade career stretching back through ...

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Steyn on Britain and Europe

The Reformation of Manners

On Friday I appeared on Michael Graham's radio show to discuss, among other things, the appalling revelations from Rotherham, a drab town in South Yorkshire in which over the course of a decade and a half some 1,400 girls (as young as 11) were "groomed", drugged, raped, traded and, occasionally, doused in petrol and threatened with being set alight. All the while, the entire apparatus of the state, from the political class to the police to the "child protection" agencies, looked the other way - ...

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Settled Science Catches Up with Steyn

The journal Science, which is peer reviewed up the wazoo, has an interesting new study purporting to explain the 17-year "pause" in global warming, and, indeed, predicting how long it's likely to continue: The "pause" in global warming may last another decade before surface temperatures start rising again, according to scientists. Really? Why would that be? Well, the study suggests that there is a natural variability in the global climate that leads to three-decade warming periods followed by ...

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Mark's Mailbox

Once More Into the Striped Hose...

Another week of lively letters from SteynOnline readers

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Mann vs Steyn

Football and Hockey

The Corner post that launched a lawsuit...

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